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The DVD-1740 also spins most home-burned discs, with a compatibility list that takes in all the DVD formats barring DVD-RAM, plus CD-R/RW, Video CDs and Super Video CDs (remember them?). Sadly Denon couldn't stretch to a USB port, which always goes down well when it's found on a front panel. Normally the lack of USB port and hi-res audio playback wouldn't be a huge problem, but when you consider that some players (such as the Pioneer DV-600AV) offer both of these features for the same price, it becomes disappointing and could count against the DVD-1740 when push comes to shove.
But those of you concerned about your carbon footprint can take heart from the 1740's ECO mode, which uses just 0.8W in standby - a reduction from its predecessor's standby power consumption figure of 1.5W.
Although the 1740 lacks the tank-like build quality of pricier Denon decks, it's still solidly constructed and boasts gently curved edges that match the company's latest range of AV receivers. It's available in silver or black and isn't exactly slimline, but its chunky frame makes room on the front panel for a sensibly-sized display and large controls. The reinforced, vibration-absorbing chassis is reassuring, working to reduce the influence of external forces on the AV performance.
Internally the deck is fitted with a 108MHz/12-bit video DAC and 192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown audio DAC, plus it features discreet video circuitry and separate analogue and digital circuit boards to ensure an interference-free signal path for both pictures and sound.
The ‘Custom' setup menu presents you with a generous range of options to tweak, but there's a ‘Quick' menu if you only want to fiddle with the most important settings. Both are presented with admirable clarity and logic, using legible text and attractive icons and backgrounds. As for the remote, it's a bit of a beast but still strangely ergonomic, and the excellent button arrangement makes it simple to navigate menus.